Today when I sit back and watch the 7 Habits participants sharing their experiences enthusiastically, I thank Parag Sir, Vardan Sir and Ankita ma`am for giving me such a wonderful opportunity to sharpen the saw.
While facilitating 7 Habits, there were many Aha moments and many learnings during preparation for the class or sharing within the class. All the participants have become like a family and I can see that spark in their eyes of gaining something. When I remember how they were on their first day of life class as compared what they are today, I can clearly see the difference in them. Their reflections confirm the change that they feel have undergone after attending these sessions.
During these two days, they watched two movies “Remember the titans” and Freedom Writers.” It was an amazing experience to see them reflecting on the movie in such a wholehearted and detailed manner. Their understanding of the 7 habits is clearly evident in the reflection sheet.
It gives me immense fulfillment when I hear them talking about Paradigms and shifts, being a responsible person, quoting death being the best teacher, following the quadrants, EBA, Circle of concern and Influence, forgiveness, small act of kindness, keeping commitments, think win-win, synergizing, 4 aspects of well-being and so on. We all know that learning these habits and putting them into action is still sometimes a challenge. However, there is always a hope. We are still learning and will continue to be life-long learners.
Last 2 days of Love classes with the support staff were full of surprising experiences. We talked about forgiveness at length screened the movie “Bachna Ae Haseeno” for the participants. All the participants, especially the didis, came up with some interesting reflections on the movie. Some of them were also surprised us by bringing up some brilliant examples. We also decided that one the second day we will be writing a forgiveness letter and an apology letter.
As decided, the participants were given time to write the two letters. It was such an amazing sight to see all of them quietly engrossed in writing the letters. Some of them also shared the contents of their letters with us. This clearly indicated the kind of understanding that they had developed. A few of them expressed that it made them attain inner peace and also promised to actually hand over the letters for whom they were written.
One of the things observed during these classes is that it would be really incredible if all the “bhaiyaas” (male support staff) also display a higher amount of interest and enthusiasm for these classes. However, a few of them came up with really commendable amount of sharing. All the didis enthusiastically participated in and reflected upon most activities.
Facilitating this classes has enhanced the learning of we as facilitators as well and has acted as a reinforcement of the learning. So much so that two of the facilitators actually landed up writing a forgiveness letter one more time.
All the participants got transformed into children when we made them play the game “Satodi” after a really heavy session. They thoroughly enjoyed it and were seen fighting, cheating, giggling and laughing like children. They mentioned that it brought back their childhood memories.